ULA’s Vulcan recovery concept:
ULA CEO Outlines BE-4 Engine Reuse Economic Case
It amounts to severing the engines from the stage, post-separation, and bringing them down via IRVE-derived inflatable heatshields.
An interesting method, but AvWeek’s description makes it sound a bit crude compared to going all the way to a single P/A-module-like unit. It may […]
Not sure what he says in this clip because watching interview videos makes my skin crawl, but I’m sure it’s something interesting:
Elon Musk On Colonizing Mars
On the other hand, the blurb alone on this one made me chuckle:
Here’s How Elon Musk Can Tell If Job Applicants Are Lying About Their […]
An excellent essay on the decline of competence: Sultan Knish: Government is Magic
The essay is worth reading in full, along with the additional related points and examples in the comments, but this part sticks out for me:
Competence is built on the unhappy understanding that things won’t work because you want them to, they […]
The Antares maiden launch appears to have gone well: Private company succeeds in test launch of rocket that will carry cargo ship
About 10 minutes after the launch from Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles declared the test a success after observing a practice payload reach orbit and safely separate […]
Reax to Inspiration Mars: “Well sure it’s their money, but I should have a say in how they choose to spend it.” […]
Walter Russell Mead observes the latest solar power corruption fiasco and asks:
Is there anybody in the world of tax-funded green energy who isn’t a sleazy thief or an incompetent idealist?
(WaPo article here.)
Regardless of who is behind any “green energy” undertaking, my inclination nowadays is to suspect it is some sort of scam […]
Ann Althouse links to another in a long procession of “big idea houses” – what is zeroHouse?
The zeroHouse is a small, prefabricated house that can easily be shipped and quickly erected. It features a full kitchen, bath, and all elements necessary to comfortably support four adults. What sets the zeroHouse apart from other prefabricated […]
Interesting – TSA Pulls Use Of Controversial Full Body Scanners At JFK, LaGuardia Airports
Opponents said the very detailed image of the human body provided by the machines is an invasion of privacy, while others argued the level of radiation emitted by the Backscatters could be dangerous over the long term.
The TSA said its […]
It’s apparently on the mind of the Governor and some legislators here in Colorado:
When I first heard mention of this last week, I scoffed because it struck me as just another bandwagon-jumping scheme akin to “green energy”. But as the video points out, there are good reasons to consider a spaceport in Colorado […]